You have an interview scheduled, you have some idea of what a regular interview entails, but do you know what is necessary to get through a behavioral interview? Don’t panic, the only difference is the type of questions being asked. This article will help you understand and prepare for some of those questions. The questions are constructed to receive extended responses regarding how you performed during different situations, and if you can really perform the job in such a manner that will blend in favorably with the company.
What Behavioral Interviews Reveal
One of the things an interviewer is looking for during a behavioral interview is your experience and responses to different scenarios that you may have encountered during previous employment. This type of interview holds more weight when selecting a candidate for a position. It’s meant to uncover a more accurate past performance within the scope of the position you are applying for, giving the interviewer a more in-depth knowledge of how you handle yourself when performing a task. A typical interview tells the interviewer what experience you may have, and how you viewed yourself preforming a task. The behavioral interview gives them an idea of your thought processes when handling a task, dealing with co-workers or customers and if you will be able to meld into the company’s environment with their staff successfully. It also reveals your level of ambition, flexibility, creativity, and your communication skills. It can also outline your behavior, abilities, skills, and knowledge related to the available position.
Benefits of Behavioral Interviews
Benefits to the Company:
- Hiring a potential long-term employee.
- Discovering a candidate with the knowledge, skills, mind-set, and ability to complete the job with little or no training.
- Choosing an employee who displays competency for future tasks within that position.
Benefits to You, the Candidate:
- The knowledge of being a valued employee with a chance to grow within the company.
- A chance for long term employment.
- A chance to use, discover, and improve your marketable assets.
- Alerts you to the type of questions that might be asked for future behavioral interviews.
Common Questions during Behavioral Interviews
The interviewer’s questions are geared towards what is necessary for the completion or next step for the position being offered. Each position has its own end results and the questions will reflect what would be necessary to take the task to the next step. Your answers to these questions will give the interviewer a forward look at how you would apply your knowledge, ability, skill, and behavior towards completing the task and if it would be in compliance with the company’s guidelines. Some examples are specified below:
- Describe a time when a report was due, but your co-worker didn’t come in that day to help you complete it. What did you do to complete it and was it completed on time?
- You discovered you made a mistake in your calculations for an acquisition for the company and more money was needed to receive it. How did you handle it?
- You and a co-worker seem to bump heads during a project. What did you do the try to resolve the problem? Were you successful?
How to Prepare for a Behavioral Interview
One way to prepare for a behavioral interview is to think back on when you found yourself in a precarious situation and how you dealt with it, or what steps you took to complete a project. Think of questions that might be asked regarding how the position should be executed. If you don’t understand the question, ask the interviewer to explain or repeat it and then answer it fully and honestly. Also keep in mind, there are no right or wrong answers, the interviewer is simply determining how you would react to different situations and if you would be an asset to the company for that position.
If you would like more information about behavioral interviews, please contact The Sedona Group Austin, located in Austin, TX.